Parks, Trails & Open Space Policies

Parks, trails & open space are essential elements to the community’s quality of life. A well-planned parks and open space system enriches people’s lives and helps to attract new residents and businesses by positively impacting community character, real estate values and land development patterns.

parks slide 1Create a comprehensive system of open space, parks, and trails providing passive and active facilities and recreational linkages between Sioux Center neighborhoods, commercial corridors, districts, parks, and community facilities.
  • Parks, Trails & Open Space System. Promote development of open space and trail systems as a contributor to quality of life for citizens of Sioux Center by connecting people and neighborhoods to businesses, schools, shopping, and parks.
    • Master Plan. Develop a long-term plan for a park, open space, bicycle, and trail transportation network in strategic locations to better leverage connections and meets the needs of users.
    • Identify Alignments. Identify trail alignments and necessary right-of-way, and require, if appropriate, rights-of-way to be set aside for new developments. Protect, enhance, and utilize stream corridors by developing trails and bikeways through these corridors and other scenic areas.
  • County Coordination. Coordinate trail planning and development with the County to provide overlapping and connecting parks, connections, and recreation opportunities in the area.
  • Mobility Linkages. Provide shaded and lighted link sidewalks with community parks, activity centers, and county trail system.
  • Stormwater Opportunities. Coordinate park development with regional stormwater efforts, including detention facilities to provide linear parks and recreation opportunities.
parks slide 3Create a comprehensive program and master plan for Sandy Hollow that provides passive and active facilities and recreational linkages to the City.
  • County Coordination. Coordinate planning and development with the County Conservation Board to provide overlapping and connecting parks, connections and recreation opportunities in the area.
  • Sandy Hollow. Utilize the Sandy Hollow Master Plan, prepared by Dordt College, as a guide for future development.